Practical Guide to 18th Century Drumming
by Ron Aylor

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Drum Tack   Lesson Six: "Draggs, Flams & Taps"

    The rolls in lesson five were created by systematically reducing the number of strokes played. We started with a Long Roll and worked our way down to the 5-Stroke roll. What happens if we remove yet one more subdivision form an "off-beat" 5-Stroke Roll? As illustrated below, we have created a "3-Stroke Roll." There is mention of a 3-Stroke Roll in the Gardner MS as the last "numbered" roll. The Young Drummers Assistant (Longman & Broderip) refers to this rudiment as The Dragg.

    3-Stroke Roll or The Dragg

    Further reduction of strokes produces a "2-Stroke Roll" or as it is commonly referred, The Flam.

    The Flam

    All that remains is the single Tap; no further explanation should be necessary.


    Below are the "Dragg, Flams and Taps" as they appear in the
    Young Drummers Assistant; Longman & Broderip: London, 1780


    Faint Stroke


    Midi sequenced with Anvil Studio. Playback dependent on sound card.

    Drum Tack      Drum Tack      Drum Tack

    Hard Stroke


    Midi sequenced with Anvil Studio. Playback dependent on sound card.

    Drum Tack      Drum Tack      Drum Tack

    Pong Stroke


    Midi sequenced with Anvil Studio. Playback dependent on sound card.

    Drum Tack      Drum Tack      Drum Tack

    Faint Flam


    Midi sequenced with Anvil Studio. Playback dependent on sound card.

    Drum Tack      Drum Tack      Drum Tack

    Hard Flam


    Midi sequenced with Anvil Studio. Playback dependent on sound card.

    Drum Tack      Drum Tack      Drum Tack

    Draggs


    Midi sequenced with Anvil Studio. Playback dependent on sound card.

    Drum Tack      Drum Tack      Drum Tack


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